Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Dale Newman: Epilogue

Dale Michigan, who formerly owned the dilapidated Michigan Inn, crossed wires to steal electricity, and had a long history of refusing to return security deposits, had his day in court for his life-threatening DTE fraud.

How did it go? According to the Ann Arbor News [post edited 4/3 to add link], not very well:

Newman was arrested Feb. 4 after a scuffle with Washtenaw County security officers after he entered the courthouse, authorities said. He was charged with felony resisting and obstructing an officer, causing injury, officials said. That case is pending.

Brilliant. Par for the course. But that's not even the best news. DTE's lawsuit against him was settled last week, and here's the damage:
Ann Arbor landlord Dale Newman was ordered to pay DTE $637,273 after a judge found him guilty of utilities fraud and awarded triple the damages incurred.

DTE filed a complaint against Newman in October 2007, charging that he failed to pay for gas and electric services supplied to the properties he owned or managed in Ann Arbor. DTE alleged Newman engaged in utilities fraud that involved gas meters.

Beautiful. However, $637,000 is only about 250 security deposits; I'm sure he's been at it long enough to have it stashed for a felonious rainy day like this.


Allison said...

I was just talking to a friend here in New Haven about how he took his landlord (incidentally, also my landlord) to housing court. He didn't believe me that there were scummier landlords than in New Haven...I immediately thought of you and this guy. Glad to hear he's being held accountable.

Anonymous said...

Too bad former renters and therefore victims of his fraud don't get a piece of the pie. Well, there is satisfaction in knowing this came to some ending anyway. What a classy guy -- not.